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solar eclipseFor the first time in almost 100 years, a solar eclipse will cross the entire United States. Different parts of the United States will experience various levels of the eclipse up to and including totality in several locations. Bastrop and the surrounding areas are expecting an eclipse of around 75% and this is a great opportunity to learn more about solar eclipses and to experience this once in a lifetime event.

Bastrop State Park has planned two events in celebration of the solar eclipse. On Saturday, August 19 from 9:30-10:30 a park ranger will educate the public on what to expect during the eclipse. You will learn more about the eclipse and how to safely view it. Come back to the park on Monday, August 21 between 11:30 and 2:30 for another chance to

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Living Room Your home is on the market and you really want to sell but no matter how hard you try to keep your home looking perfect, people will want to view your home when you aren't ready. Remember every showing is a possibility to sell your home and since you don’t know which one is the right one, it is important to treat them all the same and make your home look its best.

These tips will help you prepare your home for a last-minute showing.

  •          Make the beds.
  •          Grab a laundry basket or box and fill it with anything sitting around then put it in your car.
  •          Empty all trash cans.
  •          Put out your “show” towels in kitchen and baths.
  •          Close all the toilet seats.
  •          Turn on all the lights.
  •          Put
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This beautiful Cedar Creek home is nestled in 50 gorgeous acres with scattered oaks, is gated and private. The stone home features three bedrooms, two full bathrooms and one half bathroom.

Access the home from a ½ mile paved drive that winds through the property. The stone home sits high on a hill overlooking a 4-acre lake. The lake is stocked and has a center island and lily pads.

Step inside this exquisite home to enjoy the amazing features of this property. The open floor plan offers a great place to relax and entertain. A stone fireplace, beautiful cypress wood ceiling and built-in cabinets in the living room make a comfortable space. The gourmet kitchen includes an island with cooktop, knotty alder cabinets, granite countertops, tile

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Summer is winding down and Movies in the Park is the perfect activity to gather with your friends for some end of summer fun. On Saturday, August 12, enjoy a recent blockbuster with an outdoor screening of Moana The movie will begin at dusk, somewhere around 8 or 8:30.

Bring your chairs, blankets, coolers and snacks to enjoy during the show. Concessions will also be available and pets are welcome. The movie will take place at Fisherman’s Park. Prior to the movie, Ms. Poppy the clown will be there making balloon animals and doing face painting.

The final Movies in the Park of the year will take place on Saturday, September 9 with a showing of Little Giants.

When: Saturday, August 12, 2017 6:30

Where: Fisherman’s Park, 1200 Willow Street,

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When shopping for an investment property, you will look at it differently than if you were purchasing a home for your family. Of course, there are those experts who say even a family home is an investment and should be considered as such. However, a property purchased exclusively as an  investment will have some special things for you to consider.

The Loan will be Different

You probably know about the programs for first-time homebuyers and even seasoned homeowners looking for a new property. However, those programs generally won’t work for investment properties. You’re likely looking at a different kind of loan since you won’t be living there. You’ll probably need a higher down payment and there may be different qualifications for the loan. If

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Bastrop RodeoThis weekend offers lots to do in Bastrop, TX so plan to spend your weekend having lots of fun.

On Friday night, downtown Bastrop hosts the monthly First Friday Art Walk. The art walk takes place from 5:30-8:30 and includes multiple galleries with all varieties of art as well as live music, dining and shopping. During the Art Walk, the Bastrop Museum & Visitor Center will be open for you to enjoy their current special exhibit, Bastrop: Then & Now. This exhibit focuses on the personal stories of local residents that were interviewed by students at the Colorado River Collegiate Academy, the early college high school program of the Bastrop Independent School District. This exhibit will be available during the First Friday Art Walk as well as through the

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Summer is here and for many people that means vacation season. If you want peace of mind when you are away from home, some simple precautions can help you achieve that.

The first line of defense to protecting your home is a good door lock and deadbolt. Once you have them both, make sure you use them everytime. Now that your doors are locked, check your windows too. You may not use your windows often but check them anyways. It’s easy to open your windows and forget to lock them when you close them back because you get interrupted or are in a hurry. Locks are the most basic protection you have but they can’t work if you don’t use them.

Another really easy step to take to protect your home is to set up a couple lights on timers. This can be done really

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This house is located in the heart of historic Bastrop and is packed with its original charm and nicely remodeled as well. Two bedrooms, two full bathrooms and 1,298 square feet make up this home. During its remodel, the original red oak and longleaf pine floors were discovered and have been refinished.

The remodel also included a complete update of the kitchen adding stainless steel appliances, an island, white cabinets and stainless steel fixtures. Meal prep and cleanup in this kitchen will be simple and quick with all the modern conveniences that were incorporated in the remodel.

The backyard includes a nice storage building and a covered back porch making it the perfect place to relax.

Possibly the best feature of this property is its

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Skip Vegas and head to Smithville for the night for the Smithville Chamber’s Casino Night. This annual event is always a lot of fun and offers a variety of your favorite casino games including blackjack, roulette, craps, poker and slot machines.

In addition to the games, there will also be a buffet, door prizes and a silent auction. Plan to arrive at 6 for dinner then enjoy mingling, playing games and the auction until 10. Tickets are available in advance or at the door.

The silent auction has some great items including golf, restaurant gift certificates and a watch. This event helps support the Smithville Chamber's activities throughout the year. This annual event is always fun and will likely be waiting for next year once it’s over.

When:

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Smithville, Texas is a small town about 45 miles east of Austin. Like many small towns, Smithville had little to offer its residents and visitors after dark just a few years ago. But in 2014, Steve Simmons decided to take action and change that. He purchased two downtown buildings and began to talk to city leaders about reviving this once booming town.

Fast forward three years and Smithville is being compared to Marfa and has a good variety of options to offer those in downtown. If you live in Smithville or nearby, you have likely witnessed this welcome transformation over the last few years and enjoy all of the options available close by.

If you would like to read more about the changes in Smithville and how they came about, this article shares

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